4th March 2013
Vatican inquiry into sexual conduct of Cardinal O’Brien to start once new Pope is appointed 31
4:39 PM — The inquiry by the Vatican into the sexual conduct of Cardinal Keith O'Brien is not likely to begin until after a new Pope is chosen.
UK: Gay rights campaigners call on Cardinal Keith O’Brien to apologise for homophobic bigotry 38
1:16 PM — Britain's leading gay rights campaigners say the former leader of the Scottish Catholic Church who resigned in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations should also apologise for promoting homophobia whilst in office.
3rd March 2013
Cardinal Keith O’Brien admits inappropriate ‘sexual conduct’ following allegations 169
5:57 PM — In a statement issued by the Catholic church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien has addressed allegations made against him by five priests within the church, and admitted that his "sexual conduct" has been "below the standards expected" of him.
Priest who accused Cardinal O’Brien says the Catholic church would ‘crush him if it could’ 19
5:45 PM — One of five priests who have come forward to accuse Cardinal Keith O'Brien of inappropriate behaviour, prompting his early retirement, has said on the Catholic church, "If they could crush me, they would."
1st March 2013
Scotland’s gay Tory leader Ruth Davidson splits from her partner 14
3:07 PM — Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has split up with her partner of five years, a spokesman has confirmed.
Fifth male priest alleges Cardinal O’Brien of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ 52
12:25 PM — It has emerged that a fifth claim of “inappropriate behaviour” towards a male priest has been made against the former leader of the Scottish Catholic Church.
UK: Catholic newspaper The Tablet says the Catholic Church needs to ‘make peace with the gay world’ 34
11:33 AM — British Catholic newspaper The Tablet has issued an editorial calling on the Catholic Church to make peace with the gay world and to move on from the issue of marriage equality.
27th February 2013
Archbishop who smeared gay Labour MP David Cairns takes over in temporary role from Cardinal O’Brien 42
5:43 PM — The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, who last year was criticised for making offensive remarks about the late gay Labour MP David Cairns, has been given a new role in the wake of Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s resignation.
26th February 2013
British Gay Catholic journalist claims ‘half of all Catholics priests are gay’ 67
1:37 PM — A gay British Catholic journalist and former Dominican friar has reiterated claims that Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to stand down this Thursday was partly over his concerns regarding clerical misconduct.
25th February 2013
Peter Tatchell: Anti-gay Cardinal O’Brien was a long-time opponent of gay equality 43
4:24 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has reacted to the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien and says: “In the light of these allegations, his stance looks hypocritical.”
Gay rights campaigners react to Cardinal O’Brien’s resignation 68
12:53 PM — Gay rights groups have reacted to the resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic, who has been accused of inappropriate behaviour with male priests.
23rd February 2013
Male priests accuse anti-gay Cardinal Keith O’Brien of inappropriate acts and call on him to resign 244
11:49 PM — Britain's most senior Catholic leader, notorious for his anti-gay views, has been reported to the Vatican over historical allegations of inappropriate behaviour involving several male priests in Scotland.
22nd February 2013
Cardinal Keith O’Brien: Gay people should not be allowed to marry but straight Catholic priests can 94
6:58 PM — Britain's most senior Catholic, who is staunchly opposed to allowing gay couples to marry, has adopted a new position concerning male priests and hetrosexual marriage.
11th February 2013
Analysis: Who is the favourite to succeed Pope Benedict XVI? 26
2:53 PM — Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson is a strong contender to become the next Pope – but would he be less of a homophobe than the current incumbent?
2nd November 2012
UK: Cardinal Keith O’Brien named Stonewall’s ‘Bigot of the Year’ 60
12:29 AM — Stonewall, Britain’s largest gay rights charity, has named the UK’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, for the title of “Bigot of the Year” as part of its annual awards ceremony.
25th September 2012
UK politician criticises Stonewall for ‘bigot’ nomination – but wants to attend ceremony 40
8:27 PM — Alan Craig, the leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance Party and a former councillor for the London Borough of Newham, has criticised Stonewall after the charity nominated him for the title of “Bigot of the Year”.
26th August 2012
Scottish government urged to “stand firm” on equal marriage decision 13
7:36 PM — Supporters of equal marriage rights have put pressure on the Scottish government to stand by their policy on equal marriage, following condemnation by the Catholic Church today.
Scottish Catholic Church: Today we can save marriage from ‘subversion’ by gays 87
1:37 PM — The Catholic Church in Scotland has declared today ‘National Marriage Sunday’ and has this morning had a letter read out in 500 Catholic parishes condemning the Scottish government’s plans to legislate for equal same-sex marriage
20th August 2012
Shetland youth politicians promote marriage equality in schools 9
12:16 PM — Youth politicians in the Shetland Isles are actively promoting the Love Equally campaign alongside the rest of the Scottish Youth Parliament.
19th August 2012
Cardinal snubs Scottish government over equal marriage 102
1:57 PM — Britain's most senior Roman Catholic has moved to further isolate himself with Alex Salmond’s government after suspending direct communication over the issue of equal marriage.